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Biz News December 2015

KIRKLAND BIZ NEWS – December 2015

Welcome to Kirkland Biz News – a monthly e-newsletter that features current news and information important to businesses and for businesses.

Design Review Board Update: Parkplace (Kirkland Urban) and Totem Lake Mall (Village at Totem Lake)

On December 4, 2015 the City’s Design Review Board (DRB) continued its review of Phase I of the Village at Totem Lake project (redevelopment of Totem Lake Mall).  Phase I consists of the lower Mall and associated site improvements, including street frontage improvements to 120th Avenue NE and Totem Lake Boulevard.  The DRB provided design feedback to the applicant, CenterCal Properties, regarding the Whole Foods Building, the neighboring two-story retail building, the Wells Fargo stand-alone building, and the general site design.  The meeting was continued to January 4, 2016.  Also at the January 4, 2016 meeting, the DRB will review in more detail the design of the mixed-use building proposed adjacent to the existing Ross store.  Phase II is anticipated to begin review with the DRB once Phase I concludes in early 2016. 

Also on December 4, the DRB approved Phase 1 of the Kirkland Urban project located at Parkplace.  Phase 1 of the project includes a new enlarged QFC, additional retail, two new office buildings, and one residential building containing approximately 205 units. Future phases will include additional office, retail, entertainment and residential uses.  Construction of Phase 1 will begin after the first of the year.

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Economic Forecast Conference, Jan. 14

The Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County is hosting its annual Economic Forecast Conference on Jan. 14, 2016. Event and registration information can be found at

City’s Economic Development webpage has been “refreshed”

Please visit the City’s Economic Development webpage as it’s been updated with demographic information, current development projects and more.

City’s Comprehensive Plan adopted by City Council

At its December 8, 2015 special meeting, the Kirkland City Council approved several ordinances that ultimately adopted the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, Neighborhood Plans, Citizen Amendment Requests (CARs), the Totem Lake Business District Plan, the official Land Use and Zoning maps, and changes to the Kirkland Zoning Code and Kirkland Municipal Code. For more detail, read the News Release issued December 10, 2015.

Kirkland businesses in the news: Top honors for appeal and performance

Woodmark Hotel and Spa has been named the “2015 Boutique Hotel of the Year” by Boutique and Lifestyle Lodging Association and recognized among the Top Resorts in North America in Conde Nast Traveler magazine in 2015 as reported by PR Urgent (Dec. 1, 2015).

425 Business Magazine features Astronics AES (Nov. 18, 2015) because of its innovative office design.

The Seattle Times/Technology reports (Nov. 5, 2015) Tableau posted a 3rd quarter revenue increase surprising analyst expectations.

Downtown Street Sweeping schedule adjusted for winter months

As most of the leaves have fallen this season, the City’s Public Works Street Division crews will be street sweeping less often in the downtown area during the winter months. Weekly sweeps will be conducted each Friday from December through February. For areas that are hard to reach, “No Parking” signs will be temporarily placed in advance so that the sweeper trucks can quickly cover the area. Crews will focus on areas within the City that haven’t been cleared for a while such as curbsides near apartments. For more information, contact the Public Works Maintenance Division at 425-587-3900 or email

City follows up with Puget Sound Energy regarding response to mid-November windstorm

In response to a business complaint regarding a power outage on November 17, city staff followed up with Puget Sound Energy to better understand the impacts of the storm and how PSE was responding to repairs. PSE outreach staff had this to share:

  • More than 300,000 customers were impacted by the storm. At the peak of wind and rain moving through, 220,000 homes and businesses lost power.  By 3:00 p.m. the next day, some 90 percent of customers had their power restored.
  • In a storm, it can take at least 24 hours to provide outage information since each outage site needs to be assessed for the damage and type of repairs that are needed. PSE knows customers need this information as soon as possible so they can plan. As soon as outages occur, PSE starts working to provide the best information based on the unique circumstances of that particular outage.
  • PSE realizes it can be frustrating for customers when they don’t see power crews working right in their neighborhood or on their street. In many cases, crews are working on electric equipment that needs to be repaired first. This equipment is typically located outside their neighborhood, and it’s necessary to bring power into homes and businesses. Once those repairs are made, PSE crews can move into individual neighborhoods and communities.

To view PSE’s online power outage map and to download the Map App, go to


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